Samsung has been known to be the forerunner of mobile devices with large displays. With the launch of the original Galaxy Note, the South Korean tech giant has single-handedly ushered in a new "phablet" category.
This year, the company has shown no signs of slowing down as it has just launched its new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to quench the thirst of its oversized smartphone fans. Now, aside from recent rumors of a 12-inch Windows 10 tablet, Samsung is once again reported to be putting together a gargantuan 18.4-inch Android slate.
It seems that the device maker has taken its quest for big screened devices to the next level. Details about a tablet codenamed "Tahoe" has been leaked online courtesy of a Samsung-focused tech site called SamMobile. In a recent report, the site claims that Samsung Tahoe will be carrying model number SM-T670 and could to be used primarily for "living rooms, offices, or schools."
For those who think that this is another premium device with state-of-the-art specs, they might be disappointed. The source says that this 18.4-inch tablet will only sport a 1,920 x 1,080 screen resolution. That translates to a rather miserable 120ppi pixel density. For perspective, even the original iPad released many years ago has a display that's sharper than this one.
The only logical explanation why Samsung would fit such mediocre resolution to a large display would be to keep costs to a minimum. That's further supported by the device's other rumored specs such as an octa-core 1.6 GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of built-in storage,
A decent 8MP main camera and 2.1MP front shooter will be fitted along with a large 5,700mAH battery which is expected for a device with this much screen real estate. All in all, the Samsung Tahoe will be 275.8 mm tall, 451.8 mm wide, 11.9 mm thick and will come running Android 5.1 Lollipop OS out of the box.
Its name is expected to change at launch as Samsung probably won't stick with the Tahoe codename. If the company will indeed introduce this to the market, it is likely to take on Apple's own large-sized iPad Pro which is believed to arrive next month.
Then again, Samsung's rumored 12-inch Windows 10 tablet would be a more appropriate rival as it's said to pack a more vivid screen and high-end specs.
Release date details about the Samsung Tahoe aren't included in SamMobile's report. However, the next major consumer electronics event will be the IFA 2015 happening next month in Berlin, Germany. So if Samsung is truly working on this 18.4-inch tablet, that's the most likely venue where it can unveil the device together with its 12-inch Windows 10-powered sibling.